VIEWPOINT: The Widest World of Sports

If it was not obvious before watching 80 hours of Olympic coverage on television, it should be now: the only true amateurs at the Games were the Olympic Committee and the horses. All the rest were hamburger salesmen. Given the politics and economics that ride on the Games, it is not surprising that amateurism gets the lip service and professionalism the nod. Russia and its bloc allies have spent millions on a Marxian alchemy that turns young muscle into gold medals. America "does it my way" with a flexible alliance of Government...

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